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Police: ‘It Happened Again’ Nearly 70 vehicles involved in I-35 pile-up

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Update: Police have reopened a stretch of Interstate 35 in central Iowa following a massive pileup involving more than 50 vehicles and injured several people.

Police believe the Saturday pileup near Huxley was caused by a quick-moving winter storm that swept the area, causing slick roads and low visibility.

Cars, trucks and semitrailers were caught up in the chain-reaction pileup.

That stretch of road was shut down for nearly two hours Saturday.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig says multiple people were injured and taken to hospitals, including one who had to be flown from the scene in a medical helicopter.

Just 12 miles and 12 days separate Saturday morning's pileup from the deadly one that happened just south of Ames on Monday the 5th.

“It boggles your mind, it happened again, and you just think, you know, how many people are hurt this time?'” said State Patrol Spokesman Nathan Ludwig.

One woman involved in the crash described what happened to our coverage partners at WHO-TV.

“I was just coming down and I had, like, three car lengths of space in front of me and this other guy because it wasn't slick, but it could have been. I saw a white SUV do a 'U' right in front of him, and I was like, 'oh crap, I better slow down,’ but it was already too late because there were already three cars that had gone off the road. So I tried to curve my car to the other side of the road and I scrapped half the car and then spun back into everybody else,” said Erika DeSmidt.


Several people are recovering after a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 35.

According to our coverage partners at WHO-TV, the crash happened just south of the Slater exit at approximately 10:15 a.m. Police say 50-60 cars were involved, but there is no word yet on the total number of injuries sustained as a result of the pileup.

No fatalities have been reported.

Parts of the interstate were shut down as crews worked to clear the scene, but the road was reopened after about 2 1/2 hours. Police say a blast of winter weather shortly before the crash was likely a factor, in addition to drivers following too closely and traveling too quickly for the road conditions. They plan to begin reviewing traffic camera footage soon to determine the official cause.

This incident took place 12 miles south of the fatal pileup near Ames that happened just 12 days ago.


Traffic is backed up on I-35 near Des Moines because of a multi-vehicle accident.

Iowa DOT is reporting northbound and southbound lanes are closed near the Huxley exit because of a major accident.

This is a developing story, stick with KWWL as we work to learn more. 

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